Post # 1
I am stuck as to how to organize my reception cleanup. I’m on a tight budget and friends are helping me set up the day before (and yes, I’m paying a hefty fee to do this but I thought it was best to keep everything calm and organized).
So here’s the dilemma, we have about an hour to close up after guests leave. My older sisters are insisting that I leave as guests won’t leave if I’m still there.
Did you hire people to come setup and break down or are you having family and friends help? Did you rent a truck for your props? Any advice? I’m starting to run low on budget money and can only visualize having a uhaul truck in the back that my family can fill up and I could pick up the next day after everyone flies home. Not the best idea I realize so I’m hoping you can tell me about your own experience with this.
Post # 3
I would also love to hear the answer to this!!
Post # 4
I planned a wedding with a non-traditional venue and they hired MerryMaids to come in aftewards. It was fairly well priced.
Post # 5
I also would love to hear some advice on this…thanks for posting it!!
Post # 6
I hired a brand new DOC for the set up and clean up. She is taking care of everything and I don’t have to worry about it. I was going to do it all myself, but in the end I just want to enjoy the day and not stress about set up and clean up so it was totally worth $200 to me.
Post # 7
We (as in all family members) did it all. I recruited everyone I could before they went to the afterparty, but sent the B&G and bridal party on ahead. We had 2 vans and 3 cars full of stuff, so needed lots of help to wrap things up. The caterer did all the food cleanup and removed tablecloths, but just put them in large bags.
Needless to say, we never made it to the AP…we were done for the night!
Post # 8
Sometimes I don’t even think of this because FFIL keeps telling me not to worry about it. It is the parents job to clean up after, and I jut keep thinking “Uhm, you don’t know my parents then.” I can see my parents not sticking around to help clean up, not that I think they should, but FFIL obvisouly thinks they should, haha. and I don’t even see FMIL helping too much either, because she gets tired easily, which is not her fault, but I just see FFIL getting stuck with the brunt of it, and I don’t want to burden him with that. I don’t think we will have too much to clean up though. Our reception location is pretty laid back. As long as something is permanent. I don’t think they care too much.
The thing I am worried about the most is the ceremony. We won’t have too much to clean up but I have to find someone who will do that too, because I think our church requires it to be cleaned after an hour after the service, which is nuts to me, but it’s their rules.
Post # 9
I think we need a little more information to give you better advice.
What’s your reception set up? How many people? Are there caterers? Self catered? Where is the venue?
Post # 10
My parents, brothers/SILs and my ILs all helped clean up after our reception. Even some of our bridal party members helped. I didnt even think twice about it!
Post # 11
My wedding planner took care of all clean up. 🙂 It was so nice to not have to worry!
Post # 12
Our caterer cleaned up all the food/tables/ bar/kitchen. My parents, aunts & uncles, and a few of the GM helped clean up all decor/everything else.
I have been to a few family wedings, and in each case, the family all pitched in to clean up.
Post # 13
We rented a van for the day of to get the bridal party from point a to point b. And then used it at the end of the day to load all of the decorations in. I had a friend acting as my Bridal Assistant/Coordinator. While my family was taking pictures immediately following the ceremony she grabbed all of the church decorations (not much just some pomander balls for the aisle). At the end of the reception my husband and I left but my (very large) family and bridal party went back up to the reception room. The wait staff at the venue took care of all the food and linen clean up. My family and friends made a little assembly line and packed up the decorations. Apparently it went really smoothly and they were able to get it done in about 30 minutes. I just asked everyone in advance if they would help and so they all knew what to do/what was expected before the day. Everyone was awesome to pitch in so my husband and I could go and enjoy are wedding night.
Post # 14
The servers at our wedding broke everything down, packed it up, and loaded it into cars. But they had to load it into my car so we were the last to leave 🙂
Post # 15
My caterer cleaned everything up. My DOC loaded gifts into parents’ cars and helped out the caterer with linens, etc. Trust me, cleaning up after a wedding (if you’re a guest) is a bummer.
Post # 16
My wedding planner, the site coordinator, caterers took care of all of it. At the end of the night gifts/props were loaded onto my mom’s car and my uncle’s car but it was all organized and orchestrated by our Wedding Planner. I’m not sure exactly how much your budget is but have you considered hiring a “Day of Coordinator” instead of paying the hefty fee to set up the day before. This might be a better way to spend the money and less headache.